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DHX Studios - Lead Development Rigger, 3D

Kristina Slivarichby on Aug 24, 2016
Vancouver, Canada
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About Us

DHX Media is recognized worldwide for our diverse original properties and our work on some of the top brands in children’s entertainment. But we create more than just animation. We build worlds and experiences across all platforms from TV and games to online and mobile. Our staff dig into a wide variety of projects, from action to comedy and preschool to tween, and they get to enjoy awesome benefits and company events while they’re at it. With some of Canada’s top artists, writers and producers on our team, our studios are bursting with creative energy. So what are you waiting for? Come join us!

About the Position

DHX Studios – Vancouver is looking for a creative and experienced Lead Development Rigger to join our team! This role is a key addition to our development team, who are responsible for the development of new animated projects and pipeline R&D. The successful candidate will be highly motivated to push the boundaries of what is creatively possible and be passionate about R&D.


Create rigs supporting all asset types; organic, mechanical, character (body/face), vehicles, props, sets, etc.
Create efficient and usable custom rigs which support the required design aesthetic
Develop, refine and implement rigs according to the needs of animation to achieve the highest performance possible
Work closely with pipeline TD’s to push the boundaries of rigging technology
Keep current on rigging techniques and technologies
Create simple tools to assist in animation workflow and rig interaction
Use skinning and other deformers to achieve the intended performance in an efficient manner
Troubleshoot, maintain and improve rigs in production, while ensuring their stability for the animation team
Evaluate, research and recommend techniques and ideas to improve production workflow
Provide ongoing support to character rigs throughout
Actively participate in meetings by offering thoughts and ideas
Meet production deadlines and maintain regular communication with the production team
Communicate with Modeling Lead, Animation Lead, and CG Supervisor on concerns and production issues ahead of time
Work collaboratively with the Design, Modeling, and Animation teams
Carry out duties in a professional and positive manner
Be a positive and creative force on the team
Additional responsibilities as required


3+ years of experience as a Senior or Lead Rigger in the animation industry
Advanced knowledge in Maya is essential
Solid understanding of key-framed animation development processes, limitations and dependencies
Solid understanding of rigging and deformation techniques
Complete understanding of basic human kinetics and basic real world physics
Knowledge of anatomy for biped and quadruped skeletal and muscular structures
Demonstrated knowledge and technical skills relating to character rigging and animation
Knowledge in Python is a benefit
Knowledge in nCloth, nHair, xGen or other simulation systems is a benefit
Pipeline and process-minded – ability to contribute to and help evolve workflows
Ability to multitask, prioritize and manage time efficiently
Ability to work alone and collaboratively, often with multiple tasks and under deadline pressure
Ability to remain flexible and adaptable to meet the changing needs of development
Ability to set priorities, as well as manage the progress of work
Proactive work ethic, capable problem solver with the ability to implement solutions
Ability to think creatively to resolve technical challenges
Highly organized with outstanding communication skills
Ability to communicate in a professional and positive manner
Ability to adapt to multiple animation styles
Excellent team player with strong interpersonal skills
Must be open to direction and able to embrace change

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THANK YOU to all those who express interest in being a part of the DHX Studios team. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we may be unable to reply to all applicants. If we feel that you may be a good match for one of our current openings you will be contacted.
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